Earlier this year i posted about the passing of Dr. Melvin Smith; co-creator of the titanium rib implants that Josie has. It is now official that Dr. Robert Campbell; co-creator or the rib is leaving San Antonio (where this whole titanium rib journey started) to move onto another chapter in his life. i know he will be greatly missed there and wished well for his new endeavor in Philadelphia. Approximately 22 years ago Dr. Campbell was approached by Dr. Smith to come up with a device to help a single child in need. that meeting not only benefited one child but has grown to saving the lives of thousands of children WORLDWIDE who had no hope of surviving. Kid's like Josie, whose parents were told on the day of her birth that she would die in a year. I have pasted his letter to the rib families below. Farewell, Dr. Campbell.... continue your mission of hope.
Dear Titanium Rib Families,
It is with mixed emotions that I must announce that my family and I will be leaving San Antonio in mid-October, 2008. I have accepted a position at the Division of Orthopaedics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and will begin work at CHOP November 1st. I plan to build a multi-specialty center of excellence in Philadelphia which will specialize in advanced treatment and research of thoracic insufficiency syndrome with the titanium rib remaining the current standard of care.
It was a difficult decision to leave San Antonio after 22 years, but I am confident that the Thoracic Institute will continue in its mission to provide the best care possible with Dr. Walt Simmons as the new executive director with the continuing support of the administrative and physician staff.
Corey and I want to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who has supported us over the years. San Antonio has been a great place. We wish the best for the UT Health Science Center as well as the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital. I especially want to thank everyone at the Thoracic Institute, both past and present staff, for the wonderful job they have done. I will miss everyone.
Robert M. Campbell, Jr., MD